Creating Beautifully Packaged Gifts

Gift wrapping paper has been in use since the early 1500s and can turn any gift into a work of art, especially when well coordinated with tissue paper and ribbons. It doesn’t have to be difficult to create a beautifully wrapped gift. All that’s needed are the wrapping paper, scissors and tape. Place everything on a large, flat surface and roll out the paper, measuring out the amount needed. Secure the paper with tape and cut out the amount necessary to cover the entire package. Fold it over the sides, covering the entire box and tape it up. Ribbons and bows make wonderful finishing touches for any gift.

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Wine Tasting In the Yarra Valley

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Red wine bottle and wine glass on wodden barrel.

It comes as no surprise to many that certain parts of Australia have centuries-old winemaking traditions. Even less of a surprise is the fact that on any given day, you can take winery tours that provide a first-hand insight into the culmination of the winery’s efforts, albeit in moderation. Most wine connoisseurs are familiar with the Yarra Valley – a region notorious for producing some of the best vino in the land.

A Brief History of Yarra Wines

The Yarra Valley winemaking tradition goes all the way back to 1838 when two cattle-ranching brothers moving their livestock south from Sydney got tired of dealing with smelly cows and decided to work with some aromatic wine grapes instead. They planted two types of different varietals, and the area was later taken over by a Swiss native whose descendants turned it into a major wine centre known as Yeringberg.

This winery would later go on to win the Exposition Universelle of 1889, and although the region would be converted to dairy farming by 1937, this remains the only instance of a winery in the southern hemisphere earning such accolades.

At was at this point where the stage was set for a strong wine culture in the Yarra Valley; even though major development took a hiatus, surprisingly, until the 1960s. Wantirna Estate, founded by Reg Egan in 1963, was one of the first modern wineries to spring up in the area, after which was soon followed by Coldstream Hills and establishments by Moët & Chandon – the French champagne maker.

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Broken Hill ‘Silver City’ in Australia

Living-Desert-SculpturesBroken Hill is world-renowned for mining. From the city, national heritage overflows in abundance. Amidst the accessibility of the iconic outback, authentic experiences crowns ones holiday in Broken Hill. This is a city that has much grandeur historically and whose people are very hospitable. Broken Hill daily recounts discoveries at night.

Broken Hill is a capsule that breathes and lives. It is an artifact that strongly survives the desert conditions patiently waiting to be rediscovered after a dark past. A walk through its streets reveals art deco fronts of shops that warmly welcome customers.

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Underwood Park Rochedale

Underwood Park Rochedale

Australia is one of the best places where families can live for the rest of their lives. This is down to the fact that there are numerous spots there where friends and families can spend time and enjoy. Now if you are looking for a best place to visit this summer, you should consider going to Underwood Park. The park boasts a lot of amenities that can be enjoyed by both adults and teenagers. This is why it is best to spend your holidays at Underwood Park.

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Historic German Village

Historic German Village

Explorations Through the Historic German Village

Hahndorf in Adelaide Hills is a historic German village in Australia. It is an old village where most of the traditional buildings have been preserved and retained in their original form. The village is located on the South Eastern Freeway just 20 minutes from the city. Furthermore it is proximal to Mount Barker, the Adelaide hills main shopping and business hub. It is a popular tourist destination due to the preserved galleries and thatched cottages in their authentic form. The village is ideally located as a base for exploration. Inside the village accessing the wine areas of Adelaide hills, the Barossa and McLaren Vale is very fast.

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Scented Candles

Scented CandlesBefore the introduction of electricity in the 20th century, candles were the most important light source. Traditionally, candles were made from foul-smelling animal fat or tallow often saved from cooking. In Egypt, torches and candles were made by soaking or dipping a papyrus core in fat. Primitive candles were used by everyone from common people to royalty and temple priests. Egyptians had extensive knowledge of perfumery, essential oils, and natural resins. Plant resins were an important trade commodity and essential oils were used extensively for personal hygiene. The first scented candles combined the art of perfumery with wick technology used for oil lamps. Because tallow candles were foul-smelling, the addition of scented oils was a practical necessity of the time.

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Queensland’s Southern Downs

Queenslands-Southern-DownsThe Southern Downs region of Queensland is an area of remarkable beauty where the visitor can do as much or as little as they please. (To learn more about Queensland’s Southern Down visit It is a prime agricultural area where originally, the indigenous grasses supported a large cattle industry. It is now the premier wine country in Australia, hosting over 50 wineries. The fertile soil and perfect weather caress the grapes and produces world-class wines. The region is home to the Queensland College of Wine Tourism that provides education relating to the burgeoning wine tourism business. The visitors to the college, can taste exquisite wines and enjoy snacks and meals at the bistro.

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Barossa Valley

Taste Of South Australia: Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley
Various sorts of cheese, grapes and two glasses of the white wine

Barossa Valley is one of Australia’€™s most decorated wine-producing regions. After spending a day in this picturesque locale, I now understand the accolades. Only a short car ride for those staying in Adelaide hotels, the Barossa Valley is a gourmand’s heaven, not only are there over 100 vineyards, but the food is something akin to ambrosia.

In the morning, we were whisked off in a chauffeured vehicle, accompanied by our own sommelier, and headed down the scenic Barossa Valley Way. We choose to skip the morning wine tastings, and instead engaged in some extended retail therapy in the German town of Tanund.

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Plants in an office

Starting a new financial year

Plants in an office

Suffer from concentration problems in the office? The solution is simple, put some plants in your office. Plants promote concentration, as revealed by the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Spring is here and we all prefer spending time in nature thane going to work. Unfortunately, many are obliged to work in an office.

Looking out to the beautiful weather is not exactly motivational nature so why not bring beauty to your office?

In the study, participants were asked to create a job in an office. In one group an office with plants and the other in an office without plants.

The concentration of each subject was asked to determine, entry, after a contract with intense thought and after a pause of 5 minutes.

This showed that the subjects who worked in the office with plants had a positive impact on their ability to concentrate.

For a beautiful and functional furnisher to put your new plants on you can check out Melbourne Office Furniture.Here you will find a wide range of office furniture. The proper design of an office furniture is also very important and will benefit the working atmosphere.

Start Your Own Fashion Business

If you want to start your own fashion business, take the time to weigh your options and make a plan. A business is something that will take a good deal of time and money to get off the ground. If you plan ahead, are logical, and are realistic about your goals, you can no doubt start a successful business in no time at all! The following are some tips if you are serious about wanting to start your own fashion business.

If you want to start your own fashion business, you need to come up with a business plan. What will you sell? Who is your target audience? Will you have a physical shop or will all of your business needs and operations occur online or from your home? These are just some of the many things you should consider when you sit down to plan your fashion business.

Take the time to consider how you will finance this business. After all, you need to have the funds to not only make and buy supplies for this business but you will also need to pay staff and pay rent if you plan on having a physical shop. Additionally, there are other fees to consider: everything from marketing and advertising to credit card machine and merchant account fees. Be realistic about the amount of money you will need to start up this business and realize that it may be quite some time before you turn a profit.

Lastly, take the time to talk to a financial organization about your business. You will most likely need not only a business bank account but also a small business loan to keep your business on the up and up. Thus, if you have questions about fees and business practices, it pays to talk to such banking officials. These people will want you to succeed. After all, if you succeed, so too will the bank.


Queensland is the second largest state in area in Australia and is surrounded by rainforest, lush farmland, endless golden beaches and the Great Barrier Reef.

It’s easy to spend several weeks exploring the sites of Queensland, however a seven day excursion is enough to probe the vast highlights this glorious place has to offer.

Planning a trip to Brisbane for a few days is pretty affordable if you plan it out in advance. You can find Brisbane hotels for a good price online. If you are planning on taking more time off, go to Cairns and walk along the Cairns Esplanade. To learn about the Aboriginal culture and history head to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

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Save money on clothes

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In today’s troubled economy, savvy shoppers are looking for any opportunity to stretch their dollar. Here are four ways to save money on clothes:

1.) Buy at the end of the season. Most clothes go on sale at the end of the season, in order to make room for new stock. By buying your sweaters in the Spring and your swim suits in the Fall, you’ll have access to the best sales.

2.) Shop at discount stores. Rather than buying at the high-end retailers, shop for similar items at a bargain store like Ross, Target, or Kohl’s. Often you can buy the same brand names for less, or a store brand that’s identical to the premium retailer’s.

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Christmas Gifts

Christmas GiftsThere is definitely an art to giving great Christmas Gifts. It is easy to go one one or two great big shopping sprees or go internet shopping and get everyone done in one big trip. However, this approach can leave some people with a big whole tin their wallet and an uneasy feeling that Christmas Gifts have just become to mean spending money on each other.
So how do we give great Christmas Gifts? Well think about how you feel when you receive a great present from someone you care about. Often it is the less obvious, more personal treats that really make us feel great. So here are some ideas to help you be a great Christmas gift giver. Firstly always start early. If there is one thing you should start early for the holidays it is the presents, everything else can be done later if needs be. The more time you have, the more imaginative and original you can be.

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Marvel at the Most Expensive Antiques Ever Sold

Have you ever tried to take a peek inside an antique shop? If you have, you may have wondered why those dusty old things are so valuable. To some people, antiques are just like other furniture only they are older and cost ten times more but there are also some folks who truly enjoy the idea of owning antiques and they usually pay vast amounts of money for the honor of owning these historical pieces. Rich people usually get these antiques as they like the feeling of owning a piece of history. It is a given that antiques are expensive but do you know, there are a lot of antiques that cross the line from expensive to downright priceless and people still buy them. Below are some of the most expensive antiques ever put on sale and while their prices may shock you, just read on and you will see why they are priced so highly.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester

You can bet that anything with the Leonardo da Vinci stamp on it is downright priceless and as with priceless objects, it is very hard to price them. But someone did attach a price to the Codex Leicester and it was sold for $3,802,5000. Who can afford such a price tag you may ask? None other than Bill Gates himself and it now travels from city to city so other people may see it. He has also scanned the pages and put on CD so even more people can check it out.

Badminton Cabinet

A lot of you will have no idea what this is or why it is so priceless. But it did sell for a whopping GBP19,045,250 which at the time of purchase back in 2004 may equate to $32 million. Not a bad price to pay for a rare antique made in Florence back in 1695 and 1732. Inlaid with Lapis lazuli, amethysts, and ebony, you may say this is a price worthy of such a treasure.

del Gesu Violin

You may know the Stradivarius violins as the violins prized by masters but several years back, one of the few remaining violins made by Guiseppe Guarneri was sold for a mind-blowing $3.9 million and the proud winner was a Russian lawyer by the name of Maxim Victorov. Guarneri was just about the only violin maker to rival the famed Stradivari so you can see why it sold for as much as it did. Incidentally, the amount that it sold for is the highest ever paid for a violin.

Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase

Would you pay GBP 53.1 million for a vase? Perhaps not, but someone did pay that much for a Pinner Qing Dynasty vase and the price tag makes it one of the most expensive antiques ever sold. Not a bad price for something once thought of as cheap knock-off of the real thing and was almost sold at a measly GBP800. This is a beautiful piece of art and truly showcases the talent of craftsmen from the Qing Dynasty.

There are other antiques that sold for astronomical prices and one of them is a silver soup dish made by Thomas Germain that was bought for approximately GBP 10 million. Another one is a Harrington commode that was auctioned by Sotheby’s for $3 million more or less. Seeing the prices these antiques fetch, it is only safe to say that the buyers really liked their history and have money to burn.

The arts are a central part of the human experience

In communities around the country educators, artists, parents and community leaders are working to create meaningful, sustainable arts education in our schools. Why are so many dedicating themselves to assuring that the arts are a part of the education of all our children?

Throughout history people have recorded their struggles, their dreams and their lives in works of art. Young people cannot participate in the human conversation or have a true understanding of human history without engaging in the study of the arts. The arts are as basic to enlightened citizenship as understanding the workings of numbers, words, and history.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – A Musical Genius

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, otherwise just referred to as Mozart, is one of the most famous musician / composers of all time.

Mozart was a composer in the Classical Era which took place in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. He composed over 600 works of music in his lifetime which included operas and religious pieces such as his “Requiem Mass in D Minor” which was unfinished at the time of his death.

One of his most famous operas was “The Marriage of Figaro” which was a comedy that made fun of the aristocracy. Because of it’s content, it was banned in Vienna. Despite this banning, “The Marriage of Figaro” is still popular today and is still put on in famous opera houses throughout the world.

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Tropical North Queensland Hotels

If you looking for great accommodations for your trip to Queensland, Australia, there are many great Tropical North Queensland hotels to choose from. Tropical North Queensland is a beautiful area that offers a wide variety of accomodations for you to choose from. If you are looking for great luxury Palm Cove hotels, the Sebel Reef House and Spa is an excellent Palm Cove accomodation to consider. If you are looking for luxury Cairns hotels, the Sebel Cairns Hotel is an elegant and beautiful Cairns accomodation to explore.

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Living by the Sea

Living on the coast, by the ocean, is a dream come true for many. But it’s a lifestyle not without fault. Let’s explore the pros and cons of living by the sea.


  • The beach is a relaxing environment. While there is only anecdotal proof that living by the ocean lowers your blood pressure, we all know how relaxing a stroll on the beach can be. The low, recurring sound of the ocean can also lull our brains into a meditative state, helping us focus more and low stress levels.
  • Oceans tend to moderate the weather. In general, most coastal areas benefit from moderate weather given the ocean’s proximity. The sea breeze and currents keep things in check, except for the occasional cyclone.
  • Fresh sea air is good for you. Continuous breezes keep the air quality in check – who hasn’t had a deep breath of fresh ocean air and felt its invigorating qualities. That’s because ocean air is charged with negative ions, which actually help us absorb more oxygen from the air.
  • Sea water is also therapeutic. There’s a reason that salt water has been used by cultures for centuries – it has a lasting ability to heal wounds, treat pain, and reduce infection in the body. When the water is warm enough for a lengthy dip, swimming is a fantastic exercise.

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A new look for Grandmother’s Fashion!


Grandmother’s FashionGrandmothers have a very special place in everyone’s hearts, especially children. They are the symbol of patience, peace and love. They are the beholders of culture and heritage. In today’s fashionable world where people of all ages try to put on a style statement, why should grandmother’s be left alone?

Everyone tries to be as stylish and fashionable as possible and particularly the younger generation. This is evident from the numerous photos that get uploaded to social networking sites. Grandmothers also have the right to get ahead in this race as they are the forerunner of heritage. Grandmother’s feel neglected as they grow older day by day. So can’t we do anything that can make them feel young and bring back the smile on their face? Yes we can and we must.

Throughout their lives grandmothers see a lot of changes in generation and culture. So for a grandmother’s fashion, one must design something fashionable that is a fusion of vintage and modern. It must have that vintage and old look to portray the variety of cultures they have seen and the family heritage that they carry. It must also have the modern look so that it appeals to the eyes of the present generation. The design must synchronize with the ongoing present trends of the society.

Also the fashion design must be unique. It must effectively depict the kind of person that she was in the past and the one that she is in the present. Only change is permanent in this world and no one knows this better than our grandmothers. So while designing for grandmother’s fashion, we must make sure that the design portrays the change.

Lastly, we must carefully select the materials that can justify grandmother’s fashion, so that it may showcase various stories, experiences and memories in her life.

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Old Style Fonts

Old Style FontsOld style fonts are a popular choice among designers and editors because most are clear, recognizable and above all – easily readable. The fonts are usually based on old-fashioned hand lettering or stylized calligraphy written in pen and ink. As a result, the letters often feature curved strokes with lines that transition gently from thick to thin.

Older Typefaces, such as Times New Roman, Goudy Old Style, and Palatino Linotype, are a good choice on pages which feature a large amount of text, as they are considered easiest to read. However not all old style fonts are so traditional. Some are designed to be highly elaborate and ornate, making them ideal for designers creating an antique or period look. Calligraphic, baroque, or renaissance old style fonts like Chopin Script, Porcelain, and Old Script are particularly rich and decorative. However, because they feature exaggerated lines and curves, designers must be careful to ensure that text remains understandable.